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September 26, 2010

The Man Who Played Judas

Joseph Sciorra
Photograph courtesy of Stephanie Romeo.
Stefano Romeo (1884-1942)

In Search of an Italian-American Actor.

May 5, 2011

Talking Folklore

Joseph Sciorra

Over the next several months, I will be presenting the book Italian Folk in venues throughout the New York metropolitan area.

December 24, 2007

Gramsci’s Presepio

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Underground Nativity, 2007.

The domestic presepio, an example of living folklore.

March 19, 2008

St. Joseph's Altar, Barese Style

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Antonietta Vitucci's St. Joseph's altar, March 18, 2008.

Celebrating St. Joseph in Brooklyn and some thoughts on lived religion.

March 29, 2008

Gino Vitale, Brooklyn developer and shrine builder.

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Gino Vitale, with one of his Red Hook shrine buildings in the background, March 24, 2008.

Brooklyn developer Gino Vitale adapts the centuries old edicole sacre (devotional shrines) to his newly constructed buildings.

May 1, 2008

Holy Land USA, a Religious Vision in Ruins

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Holy Land USA, Waterbury, CT, 2005.

During the 1960s and 1970s, 40,000 people visited Waterbury, CT annually to pray at Holy Land USA, a Catholic theme park created by John Greco. Now it lies in ruins.

July 11, 2008

Una malia contro il malocchio dei prominenti.

Joseph Sciorra
Eliza Putnam Heaton, "By-Paths in Sicily"
"Door Charms for the Evil Eye" (detail), Sicily, circa 1910.

Iettature, malie, & la lingua a strascinuni in the 21st century.

August 20, 2008

Sending a Telegram to the Pope

Joseph Sciorra

Power, Humor, and the Triumph of the Lower Bodily Stratum.

August 24, 2016

Discovering the Black Madonna Right Before My Very Eyes

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Phoenix Bar, 447 East 13th Street, Manhattan

Learning something new about the historical devotion to the Madonna Nera del Tindari in Manhattan’s East Village.